I'm new to this forum (and chickens in general), and am really hoping for some help from this knowledgeable and experienced community. We just built a house on 17 acres of land outside of Seattle, and we designed the garage to include separate rooms for chickens and dogs. See drawing and photos here: https://goo.gl/photos/zYd4vHgaPpzV8aay9. We recently had a fence guy come out to give us a bid for building the fencing to protect the chickens during the day from predators (especially mountain lions), and he went on and on telling us that it's a terrible idea to have chickens that close to the garage/house...that they will destroy that room as well as the exterior of the house when they are outside. Also that they will stink up the garage and they will stress out from smelling the dogs nearby and hearing noises in the garage. We spent a lot of time and money designing and building what is already there, but we want to make sure we aren't making a mistake with the design. We love the idea of the chickens being close by so that we can get the eggs without even going outside and see them nearby from our back patio. The inside of the coop right now has one light on the ceiling, 6 square feet of vents (4 up high and one on either side of the cutout for the pop door), a window that opens, and 2 human doors (one to the outside and one to the garage). The walls are plastic panels and the floor is concrete. We hope to get 4-5 chicks this year, as we are just looking to have enough eggs for our family.
Can you please provide feedback about whether the guy is right or not? And what you would do if you were in my position? Thank you so much in advance!